reticulate

adjective
re·​tic·​u·​late | \ri-ˈti-kyə-lət, -ˌlāt\

Definition of reticulate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 : resembling a net or network especially : having veins, fibers, or lines crossing a reticulate leaf

2 : being or involving evolutionary change dependent on genetic recombination involving diverse interbreeding populations

reticulate

verb
re·​tic·​u·​late | \ri-ˈti-kyə-ˌlāt \
reticulated; reticulating

Definition of reticulate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to divide, mark, or construct so as to form a network municipalities that reticulate electricity to consumers

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Other Words from reticulate

Adjective

reticulately adverb

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Adjective

Though "reticulate" is used in many contexts, it finds particular use in the field of biology. "Reticulate" comes from the Latin word reticulum, meaning "small net." It first appeared in English in the mid-1600s and was used in connection with the study of plants even back then. Scientists use "reticulate" to describe a net-like formation of veins, fibers, or lines that crosses something. For example, a leaf with a pattern of veins that resembles a net would be called a "reticulate leaf."

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Fifty-four-year-old Wa Tiba was checking on her home vegetable garden when she was believed to have been attacked by a 23-foot reticulated python. National Geographic, "Python Swallows Woman Whole—What Experts Say About the Rare Attack," 18 June 2018 Tribun News Video screenshot The plantation is located near a rocky area of the Indonesian island, with caves and cliffs locals believe to be home to many giant reticulated pythons, the Associated Press reported. Matthew Martinez, miamiherald, "A woman in Indonesia went to check her corn — and was swallowed by a 25-foot python," 16 June 2018 By some estimates, half of all things found in grocery stores are made with the fruit of the palm oil plant, a versatile and cheap ingredient that happens to grow best in areas of the world where reticulated pythons thrive. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Giant pythons keep attacking people in Indonesia — and humans might be to blame," 4 Oct. 2017 By some estimates, half of all things found in grocery stores are made with the fruit of the palm oil plant, a versatile and cheap ingredient that happens to grow best in areas of the world where reticulated pythons thrive. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Giant pythons keep attacking people in Indonesia — and humans might be to blame," 4 Oct. 2017 By some estimates, half of all things found in grocery stores are made with the fruit of the palm oil plant, a versatile and cheap ingredient that happens to grow best in areas of the world where reticulated pythons thrive. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Giant pythons keep attacking people in Indonesia — and humans might be to blame," 4 Oct. 2017 By some estimates, half of all things found in grocery stores are made with the fruit of the palm oil plant, a versatile and cheap ingredient that happens to grow best in areas of the world where reticulated pythons thrive. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Giant pythons keep attacking people in Indonesia — and humans might be to blame," 4 Oct. 2017 By some estimates, half of all things found in grocery stores are made with the fruit of the palm oil plant, a versatile and cheap ingredient that happens to grow best in areas of the world where reticulated pythons thrive. Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Washington Post, "Giant pythons keep attacking people in Indonesia — and humans might be to blame," 4 Oct. 2017 By some estimates, half of all things found in grocery stores are made with the fruit of the palm oil plant, a versatile and cheap ingredient that happens to grow best in areas of the world where reticulated pythons thrive. Author: Cleve R. Wootson Jr., Alaska Dispatch News, "Giant pythons keep attacking Indonesian people – and people might be to blame," 5 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of reticulate

Adjective

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

circa 1728, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for reticulate

Adjective

Latin reticulatus, from reticulum

Verb

back-formation from reticulated, adjective, reticulate

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